New York to give Illegal Immigrants Free access to City’s Attractions
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, has started a new program that will offer illegal immigrants access to city's museum, zoo and other attractions and that too free of cost. Mayor has planned the program to cajole illegal immigrants into signing up for new municipal ID cards, which would allow them to get city assistance.
People, who register for new municipal ID cards, will get free memberships of city's Metropolitan Museum to zoos in each borough.
There are estimated 500,000 undocumented immigrants in the New York City and to attract them, the new program will offer comp tickets and discounts worth $2,100 to the New Yorkers who will sign up for ID cards.
At a press conference at the Bronx Zoo, Mayor de Blasio said that new ID cards will be beneficial for people belonging to different communities.
de Blasio Said, "It's crucially important, to treat our fellow New Yorkers who happen to be undocumented with great respect and inclusion. That's a great advantage of this card".
According to the new program, municipal ID card holders can register for one-year membership package with each of 33 cultural institutions. They can register even if they have not been member since 2012.
Packages of different places can vary. For example, package of the Bronx Zoo, located in the Bronx borough of New York City, could offer free admission for one adult or discount at some selected restaurants and shops.
The membership package will also include free admission to zoos managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, including New York Aquarium in Coney Island and Central and Prospect Parks.
Admission of an adult to Central Park Zoo is $18.
According to the mayor, people can avail the facilities of the program in the short run.
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